In keeping with the spirit of the OpenStreetMap community, OSM data in deCarta format will be free of charge. deCarta plans to make the product available for both server and client-side solutions to its customers. This includes self hosted solutions using deCarta’s Drill Down Server, deCarta’s Hosted Web Services, Personal Navigation Devices, and Mobile Phones. Developers will also be able to quickly prototype and demonstrate location-enabled applications using OSM content through deCarta’s Developer Zone available to developers a www.decarta.com.
When it comes to LBS services, deCarta is clearly well positioned with their APIs and they’ve been successful at selling them. That deCarta is now supporting OSM is a clear sign that the project is getting mature and that there is demand for it. Given that deCarta is used by the large wireless phone companies, one can expect to see OSM maps in your mobile devices soon.
Update: deCarta will be making quarterly updates to their service.
The deCarta dev team celebrates the “real genius” move to support OSM.